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6 months' jail or Tk 200 in fine

6 months' jail or Tk 200 in fine

Amid a sorry state of footbridges and footpaths in the city, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police is going to impose a fine or jail term on jaywalkers on Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue from Tuesday. DMP Commissioner Benazir Ahmed yesterday said mobile courts led by magistrates will be set up for a week to check jaywalking...

Salute to creativity

Salute to creativity

It was an occasion to honour those who portray the connection between man and nature through their pens and lenses. It was the awarding ceremony of Celebrating Life -- a tie-up between Standard Chartered Bank and The Daily Star. The seventh event of the initiative began with the rendition of a song by acclaimed actress...

Bibiyana 3 Power Project

Zero progress in two years

A large power project in Bibiyana made no progress in the last two years, as its contractor failed to secure the project's finance as per its agreement with the Power Development Board (PDB). A consortium of Japanese trading company Marubeni and Korean power company Hyundai signed the agreement in December 2012, committing to arrange the finance from Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC) within 45 days. But the consortium couldn't secure the finance as Hyundai wanted to walk out of the...

Govt alone can't fight corruption

Govt alone can't fight corruption

Civil society organisations of a country need to be mobilised to speak up for better governance as the government alone cannot fight corruption, said Prof Dr Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International, a Berlin-based civil society group campaigning globally against corruption. "We feel that very often, even if the top of a country -- a president or prime minister -- is extremely strong and committed to fight corruption, they cannot do it alone. They need civil society, media and faith-based organisations to change the culture [of corruption]," he said in an exclusive interview with The Daily Star yesterday. Eigen, the chair of TI's advisory council, came to Dhaka to attend a...

Human Trafficking

4,000 victims from Sirajganj

An estimated 4,000 jobseekers from Sirajganj have fallen prey to human trafficking through the Bay of Bengal over the last 10 months, a finding that migration activists say is just the tip of the iceberg. Promised lucrative jobs in Malaysia, the victims were secretly transported to Cox's Bazar by traffickers. A torturous sea voyage took them to Thailand where they were held hostage in jungles. The captives had to pay ransoms of around Tk 2.5 lakh through their families back home...

South-south Award

Joy receives it for Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been honoured with the “South-South Cooperation Visionary Award” of the United Nations for her leadership in taking Bangladesh towards progress. PM's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy received the award on behalf of his mother at the closing ceremony of the Global South-South Development Expo 2014 in Washington on Friday, according to a message received here yesterday. Joy also spoke on the occasion and read out the message of the PM. “Bangladesh is marching ahead under the...

Give Rohingyas citizenship

The United Nations has adopted a resolution urging Myanmar to grant citizenship to its Rohingya Muslim minority, ramping up pressure on Naypyidaw to scrap a controversial identity plan. The measure was adopted on Friday by consensus in the General Assembly's rights committee following some wrangling with countries from the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which had sought stronger language. The resolution expresses "serious concern" over the plight of the Rohingya in Rakhine state, where 140,000 people live in squalid camps...

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Hay Festival Dhaka 2014

Carnival of souls comes to an end

Carnival of souls comes to an end

Experimentation with new forms and subjects in the arts, and promotion of freedom of choice and expression were summarised through the presentation of a Bangla poetry rap in the closing event of the three-day long Hay Festival Dhaka 2014 yesterday. The highlight of the day was the session on the silver jubilee edition of...

Challenged girl killed after rape

A mentally challenged girl was raped before she was strangled to death in Chawkbazar area of Old Dhaka on Friday night. Ten-year-old Moni Akter lay cold on a road near her tin-shed house at Islambagh around 11:00pm. Locals took her to Mitford Hospital where doctors declared her dead, said Azizul Haque, officer-in-charge of Chawkbazar Police Station. The girl was raped before being choked to death, said sources at Sir Salimullah Medical College morgue. Police arrested a mason named Delwar, who lives at a...

Ins Vikrant

'71 warship reduced to heap of scrap

'71 warship reduced to heap of scrap

The hull of the decommisioned Vikrant, which “once controlled the sea and ended a war”, was torn open on Friday at the breaking yard in south Mumbai, ending the journey of India's first aircraft carrier. The first to fall, 15 minutes before sunset, was the angled deck, which will be remembered for launching the...

Road crashes kill 5

Five people were killed in road accidents in Bhola, Jessore, Brahmanbaria, Sirajganj and Thakurgaon on Friday and yesterday. Our Bhola correspondent reports, motorcyclist Foyej Sikder, 21, was killed as his bike hit a roadside tree near Mirza Bazar in Borhanuddin upazila yesterday. Our Benapole correspondent reports, Rejoana Khatun, 5, daughter of Jabber Morol, died as a human hauler hit her in front of her Goga Bazar residence in Sharsha upazila of Jessore yesterday. Our Brahmanbaria correspondent reports, Delwar Hossain Ripon Mia, 36,...

Obama broadens Afghan mission

Barack Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, broadening previous plans that had limited the military to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, US officials said. The president's decisions also allow the military to conduct air support for Afghan operations when needed, the officials said late on Friday. Obama issued the guidelines in recent weeks, as the American combat mission in Afghanistan draws to a close, thousands of...

Ailing Thai King unable to meet ministers

Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej missed a planned meeting with two government ministers, palace officials said, amid ongoing public concern over the state of the ailing 86-year-old's health. The two ministers were supposed to accompany junta leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha to meet the world's longest serving monarch on Friday evening to swear an oath in front of him before taking up office. But the palace said his medical team had advised against the king going ahead with the ceremony. "A team of...

14 hurt in 'gas blast' at luxury London hotel

Fourteen people were injured at a five-star London hotel overnight after an explosion in the basement believed to have been caused by a gas leak, emergency services said yesterday. About 500 guests had to be evacuated following the blast at The Churchill Hyatt Regency hotel shortly before midnight on Friday, London Fire Brigade said. Five of the injured required hospital treatment, including two men with leg wounds, London Ambulance Service added. It was unclear if the injured were hotel guests.

Biman to go tough on errant crew

The Biman Board last night decided that any cabin crew bringing in goods worth $300 or more would be handed over to police. The decision came in the wake of the arrest of three Biman officials for alleged involvement in smuggling gold. The board also decided to interrogate the general manager (security) of Biman to know why he allowed Mahmudul Haque Palash, who claimed to be the godson of Biman chairman, to enter and roam around the Biman offices freely interfering...

BNP, allies to wage movement if govt raises gas, power prices

The BNP-led 20-party alliance will wage a tougher movement including non-stop hartal and blockade if the government increases power and gas prices in January next year. The decision came at a meeting at the BNP chief's Gulshan residence last night. The alliance decided to take up the public interest issue to kick off an anti-government movement and gradually turn it into a decisive campaign for an inclusive election under a non-party administration, meeting sources said. At the meeting, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia...

Business

Cotton use to rise fast, led by textile growth

Cotton use to rise fast, led by textile growth

Bangladesh's annual cotton consumption will accelerate 50 percent to six million bales in four years as garment exports are on the rise, the International Cotton Association (ICA) said yesterday. Bangladeshi spinners now consume more than four million bales of imported cotton a year, with the growth in consumption rate being between 10 percent and...

Construction brings highest worker deaths this year: survey

Construction brings highest worker deaths this year: survey

The construction sector brought about the highest number of worker deaths so far this year, a recent survey found. Of the total of 260 deaths from workplace accidents in the first ten months of the year, 105 were in the construction sector, according to the survey conducted by Safety and Rights Society, a local non-government organisation that works for improving workplace safety in Bangladesh. Dhaka saw the highest number of deaths: 72. The services sector which includes hotels, workshops and power supply organisations had 70 deaths, while 60 workers died in factories and other manufacturing organisations. After the Tazreen fire and Rana Plaza collapse, the factory owners, buyers and the government have...

LDCs must participate more in world economy

   The least-developed countries, including Bangladesh, should re-evaluate their domestic policies to improve investment climate to better integrate with the global value chain, analysts said yesterday. “You have to improve your investment environment. If you just stick there with traditional issues you will miss the opportunities,” Longyue Zhao, director of China Centre for International Development, said at a seminar in Dhaka. The Centre for Policy Dialogue and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung jointly organised the event, which focused on the issues of the LDCs following the...

Horlicks the best brand

Horlicks the best brand

Horlicks, a health food drink from GlaxoSmithKline, came out as the best brand in the country, beating last year's winner Fair & Lovely, at an awards ceremony yesterday. Fair & Lovely, the fairness cream brand of Unilever Bangladesh, was the second best and Radhuni, the flagship spice brand of Square Consumer Products, the third among the top 10 brands from all categories.  Radhuni was also the top local brand, followed by Teer Soyabean Oil and Milk Vita at Best Brand Award Bangladesh 2014.  Seventy-eight awards were given in 29 categories at the event at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka. Bangladesh Brand Forum (BBF) in collaboration with world's leading brand research company, Millward Brown, hosted...

Trade deficit doubles in Q1

Trade deficit almost doubled to $2.4 billion in the first quarter of the current fiscal year due to rising imports and falling exports. Import growth—13.62 percent—outpaced export growth, which was 0.94 percent. In the period, food grain imports fell 32.90 percent year-on-year, but capital machinery imports rose 22 percent and petroleum 53 percent, according to data on letters of credit settlement. Although trade deficit widened, the overall surplus was significant in the first quarter, as remittances, foreign direct investment and medium- and...

India targets reforms in new parliament session

India targets reforms in new parliament session

India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley promised Friday to make progress during the upcoming parliamentary session on a string of economic reforms, including a national tax to create a single internal market. The right-wing government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected in May with the biggest parliamentary mandate in three decades on a...

Sanofi still has a 'driver in the seat' after shakeup

The temporary head of French drugmaker Sanofi insisted the firm still had a bright future Thursday, declaring there was still "a driver in the seat" despite a sudden change in leadership. Sanofi, one of France's largest companies, fired its chief executive three weeks ago after a row over his management style, troubling investors and sending stocks plummeting. Serge Weinberg, appointed as a temporary replacement, sought to dispel doubts Thursday, presenting what he said was an accelerated launch of 18 new drugs...

Apple $450m e-book settlement gets final court approval

A US judge on Friday gave final approval to Apple Inc's agreement to pay $450 million to resolve claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices. During a hearing in Manhattan, US District Judge Denise Cote approved what she called a "highly unusual" accord. It calls for Apple to pay $400 million to as many as 23 million consumers if the company is unsuccessful in appealing a ruling that found it liable for antitrust violations. The...

Amazon plans ad-supported video streaming service

Online retailer Amazon.com Inc will release a new ad-supported video streaming service early next year, the New York Post reported, citing sources. The service will be separate from the company's $99-a-year Prime membership, which includes a video service, the Post reported. The Post did not say if the new service would be free or chargeable. Amazon's Prime service costs $99 a year. Amazon was not immediately available for comment. The new service will compete directly with Hulu and Netflix Inc, whose charges...

EU could give France until 2015 on budget

The EU could delay a decision on France's budget overshoot until early 2015 instead of making a ruling next week as expected, sources said on Friday. Under new powers given to Brussels during the eurozone debt crisis, the European Commission is set to deliver official opinions on euro government budget plans for next year. Last month, France and Italy barely avoided having their budgets humiliatingly sent back for serious breaches, with France set for a deficit of 4.3 percent of GDP...

Once a stopover, Morocco becoming home for migrants

Once a stopover, Morocco becoming home for migrants

In a back alley in the Moroccan capital, the small household repair shop opened by Moctar Toure since escaping conflict in his native Ivory Coast is doing a brisk business. At the gates of Europe, Morocco has long been a transit point for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa looking to make the dangerous journey across...

Europe may propose Google break-up

The European Parliament is preparing a non-binding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc's search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one possible option to rein in the Internet company's dominance in the search market. European politicians have grown increasingly concerned about Google's and other American companies' command of the Internet industry, and have sought ways to curb their power. A public call for a break-up would be the most far-reaching action proposed and a significant...

Form a support institute for SMEs: analysts

An apex body should be formed for facilitating small and medium enterprises (SMEs) such that the sector's contribution towards economic growth and development is enhanced, speakers said at a seminar yesterday. The association will promote SME entrepreneurs by providing various services such as credit facilitation, skill development, technology transfer, exhibitions and trainings, export-import facilitation, risk management service and solutions to problems. It may be similar to the Integrated Association of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises of India, popularly known as 'IamSME...

British insurer Aviva reveals talks to buy rival for £5.5b

British insurer Aviva said late Friday that it is in advanced talks to buy rival Friends Life for £5.5 billion ($8.6 billion, 6.9 billion euros) to create the nation's biggest insurance, savings and asset management firm. The pair said in a statement that they have reached agreement on key terms of a "possible" deal, under which Friends Life shareholders would receive 0.74 Aviva ordinary shares for each Friends Life ordinary share. The possible offer is worth 398.9 pence per Friends Life...

Sports

Sabbir's chance at hand

Sabbir's chance at hand

There was a brief moment of silence at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Friday after Bangladesh's two set batsmen, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, departed soon after reaching their respective landmarks. With still over five overs left in the innings and just the tail remaining, the Tigers needed a good...

'Everyone has to chip in to keep winning'

Bangladesh may have won the first ODI convincingly, but they still have a number of areas to work on. Had Zimbabwe taken their chances on the field and Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim perished early, the picture could have been altogether a different one. Mushfiqur was dropped twice while Shakib hit a couple of risky shots in the air. Their pacers were not up to the mark either, leaking more than 40 runs in the first seven overs. And...

PILOT playing!

Is Khaled Mashud going to revive his playing career? One can doubt it if they go through the scoreboard of yesterday's Dhaka Premier League match between Kalabagan Cricket Academy and Mohammedan Sporting Club. He is now 38-year-old and said goodbye to competitive cricket three years ago, but Mashud, popularly known as Pilot, made an unlikely return to competitive cricket yesterday at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium. The Kalabagan CA coach, who retired from international cricket in September 2008, came in to bat at...

Abahani hanging by a thread

Abahani hanging by a thread

Four-time professional league champions Abahani saw their hopes of qualifying for the semifinals of the King's Cup get bleaker as they were held to a 2-2 draw by defending champions Manang Marshyangdi Club of Nepal, despite taking a 2-0 lead in the first half, at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu yesterday. The Sky Blues,...

Mohammedan collapse

Mohammedan suffered a pathetic batting collapse on a low-bounce surface at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday as they were bundled out for 64 runs, resulting in a 79-run defeat to Kalabagan Cricket Academy in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL). Among the slow bowlers who dominated the proceedings in the low-scoring affair, off-spinner Mahmudul Hasan was the hero, taking five wickets after scoring 59 runs. It was Kalabagan CA's second victory in four matches. At BKSP, Prime Bank registered their third win with...

Siddikur slips further

Bangladesh's premier golfer Siddikur Rahman slipped to joint 42nd position on the leaderboard of the Manila Masters after settling for a one-over (73) in the third round yesterday. The 29-year-old golfer, who started the day at 25th position, battled with consistency at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club as he traded four birdies for three bogeys and a double bogey. The indifferent effort took Siddikur's aggregate score to two-under (214), 15 shots adrift off leader Mardan Mamat (17-under), who opened...

4th Asian Beach Games

Kabaddi adds to woes

Bangladesh's dismal run in the 4th Asian Beach Games continued as the women's kabaddi team lost both their matches yesterday. The Bangladesh team lost against favourites India by 50-24 points in their first match before going down by 42-40 points against Sri Lanka in their second match in Phuket, Thailand yesterday.

Federer felled

Honours were shared between France and Switzerland in the Davis Cup final in Lille on Friday on a day when Roger Federer suffered his worst ever defeat in the tournament. The 17-time Grand Slam champion, playing in his first Davis Cup final at the age of 33, was clobbered 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 by flamboyant Frenchman Gael Monfils. It was just the second time that Federer had lost a Davis Cup singles rubber in straight sets -- the other coming in his...

Cricket match adjourned!

Cricket match adjourned!

Aware that Michael Clarke would only be able to bat for Western Suburbs next Saturday, Parramatta skipper Michael Castle sent them to bat after winning the toss. Signalling that their preference was to take to the crease next week when Clarke is available, Suburbs decided to declare one ball shy of 10 overs at 17 for no loss. Organisers are now investigating the match. INTERNET

Lavezzi leads PSG to top

Lavezzi leads PSG to top

Champions Paris St Germain went top of Ligue 1 for the first time this season when Ezequiel Lavezzi's late goal earned a 3-2 win at Metz on Friday, the club's first victory there in 11 years. The Argentine forward struck seven minutes from time to give PSG 30 points from 14 games, two ahead...

Barclays English Premier League

MU edge Arsenal, Chelsea pull away

A Kieran Gibbs own goal and a Wayne Rooney strike saw Manchester United return to the Premier League's top four with a bruising 2-1 victory at Arsenal on Saturday. Arsenal subjected United's makeshift back-four to heavy pressure throughout the game at the Emirates Stadium, but Gibbs's unwitting intervention gave the visitors a 56th-minute lead before Rooney added a late second. Arsenal substitute Olivier Giroud marked his comeback from a broken leg by slamming home in the 95th minute, but United held...

Van Gaal cautious over Falcao deal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has postponed a decision on whether to seal a permanent deal for Radamel Falcao because of the latest injury to the Colombia striker. Falcao has suffered an injury-hit start to his loan spell at United, scoring just one goal in five appearances since his transfer deadline day move from Monaco. He is yet to complete a full game for United and has been unavailable for the last month because of a calf injury he sustained...

Zidane wins appeal

Zidane wins appeal

A Spanish sports court on Friday backed Zinedine Zidane's appeal against a three month ban from coaching Real Madrid's reserve team over his disputed qualifications. Spain's football federation imposed the ban at the end of October, arguing the former France midfielder did not have the right licence to coach in Spain. Real appealed and the...

BFF plans for Feb concert

The Bangladesh Football Federation is all set to host a concert at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in mid February in order to raise funds for youth football development after it received green signal from sports regulatory body National Sports Council (NSC). The BFF, which is planning to organise the concert jointly with an event management company named 'Zero Degree', is looking forward to host artistes from neighbouring countries as well as from Bangladesh and expect to raise significant amount of...

Sterling ready to extend L'pool stay

Teenage forward Raheem Sterling wants to commit his long-term future to Liverpool by signing a new contract, he indicated in comments published by British newspapers on Saturday. The 19-year-old Englishman has become a key figure for club and country over the past 12 months, and despite Liverpool's poor start to the season, he wants to stay at Anfield. "I am happy to be here for as long as possible. Hopefully I can achieve the goals I want to achieve here at...

Klopp reveals EPL interest

Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed he is keen on managing in the Premier League if he ever leaves Germany. Klopp has long been linked with a move to England, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal all said to have been keen on the German at various times. The 47-year-old is one of the most highly-regarded coaches in Europe and, with Dortmund struggling in the Bundesliga this season, his revelation that he is a big fan of English football is...

LFP

Ronaldo on the double

Ronaldo on the double

Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice to take his goal tally for the season to a jaw-dropping 20 in 11 La Liga appearances as leaders Real Madrid subdued plucky top-flight debutants Eibar 4-0 on Saturday. James Rodriguez nodded the visitors in front in the 23rd minute at the tiny Ipurua stadium in the Basque Country, which...

Bundesliga

Bayern crush Hoffenheim

Undefeated champions Bayern Munich continued their seemingly unstoppable charge towards the Bundesliga title, crushing Hoffenheim 4-0 on Saturday to extend their lead at the top. With second-placed VfL Wolfsburg losing 3-2 at Schalke 04, Bayern go seven points clear, having yet to lose in any of the three competitions they are in this season. Mario Goetze drilled in with Bayern's first shot on goal in the 23rd minute to go joint top of the scorers' list with seven and Robert Lewandowski...

Formula One

Rosberg edges Hamilton

Nico Rosberg survived intense pressure and several nervous errors on Saturday to claim what may be a vital pole position for the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, edging out his Mercedes teammate and arch-rival Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg, who secured his 11th pole of the season, has to come first and hope that Hamilton, who leads him by 17 points in the drivers' championship, finishes outside the top two to overtake the Briton and take the Formula One drivers' title. Rosberg clocked...

Editorial

Editorial

Business climate improves

It is good to see that Bangladesh's position has improved by two points in the prestigious Economic Intelligence Unit's (EIU) 'Business Environment Rankings, South Asia.' Although Bangladesh trails other South Asian countries like India and Sri Lanka, it has now come up to the 69th position in 2014 in terms of 'investment friendly' destination in a survey that encompassed 82 nations. India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have seen their rankings slip a few notches over this period. The EIU...

Editorial

Decrepit memorials a great shame!

Our lead front page report yesterday titled “Memorials left to decay” with its heart-wrenching photographic illustrations should be an eye-opener to a side of our national character we must be deeply ashamed of. The story encapsulated years of neglect that our icons of patriotism, emblems of historic turning points have been subjected to as though they are being de-memorialised, the exact opposite of  the purpose they were intended to serve. This constitutes an appalling measure of disrespect to our history...

Op-ed

Editorial

Business climate improves

It is good to see that Bangladesh's position has improved by two points in the prestigious Economic Intelligence Unit's (EIU) 'Business Environment Rankings, South Asia.' Although Bangladesh trails other South Asian countries like India and Sri Lanka, it has now come up to the 69th position in 2014 in terms of 'investment friendly' destination in a survey that encompassed 82 nations. India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have seen their rankings slip a few notches over this period. The EIU...

Editorial

Decrepit memorials a great shame!

Our lead front page report yesterday titled “Memorials left to decay” with its heart-wrenching photographic illustrations should be an eye-opener to a side of our national character we must be deeply ashamed of. The story encapsulated years of neglect that our icons of patriotism, emblems of historic turning points have been subjected to as though they are being de-memorialised, the exact opposite of  the purpose they were intended to serve. This constitutes an appalling measure of disrespect to our history...

Agro-economy of coastal Bangladesh

Agro-economy of coastal Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the promising economies in the world. Per capita gross income (PCGNI) of the country is $987 in 2014 (Bangladesh Economic Review, BER, 2014). In terms of Development Index, Bangladesh ranks 140 out of 177 countries (Human Development Index, HDI, UNDP 2007). According to latest SVRS estimation (Bangladesh Bureau of...

The Asian Century

India's economic hotspots

India's economy could soon be on the move again. The new government is re-establishing fiscal discipline and energising the bureaucracy, fueling optimism that rising business confidence will reactivate investment, particularly in infrastructure. But India's overall growth prospects conceal a patchwork of economic opportunities that exist within states, districts, cities, and even towns -- opportunities that companies can uncover only with careful research. India's economic data are promising. Annual average GDP growth is forecast to range from 6.4% to 7.7% until...

Accord with Russia

Whether or not the new defence pact between Russia and Pakistan is the 'milestone' described by the defence ministry, it does make eminent sense for the two countries to come closer as the Eurasian landmass and what Moscow calls its 'near abroad' undergo geopolitical convulsions. As in the past, more so now, Afghanistan remains the linchpin of Russia-Pakistan relations as the US prepares to withdraw from the war-ravaged country without having achieved a mission it never seemed very clear about. Now...

The ever bleeding campus

Rajshahi University (RU) was one of the finest universities in the country. It produced some of the illustrious scholars who brought laurels for the nation. Then some thugs began dictating what should be taught, who will teach and who will not. They were called Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, an organisation that has been termed as  a 'criminal organisation' by the International Crimes Tribunal in most of their judgments delivered against those who committed crimes against...

I, too, vote for Wasfia Nazreen everyday!

I, too, vote for Wasfia Nazreen everyday!

Taking a cue from our pride, and Bangladesh's only Nobel Prize winner, Professor Muhammad Yunus, I, too, vote for mountaineer and human rights activist Wasfia Nazreen every day. Wasfia is up for the People's Choice Award for the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, 2015.  There are ten candidates. The person receiving the most fan votes will win. Individuals can cast a vote for their favourite candidate once every day until January 31, 2015. Anyone can vote. The link is: http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/2015/vote/#/happy-summit-everest-bangladesh_85266_600x450.jpg We Bangladeshis are a small nation size-wise, but are packed with a lot of people.  If many of us vote for Wasfia every day, she will win. Whether Wasfia win...

U.S.-Bangladesh trade and investment ties: A partnership for sustained success

On my trip through Asia last week, I was thrilled to visit Bangladesh, whose economic development has impressed the world. I underscored the U. S. government's commitment to growing our trade and investment ties -- so we can help sustain Bangladesh's success and extend the wealth to more of the country's industrious and determined people.  This, in part, is what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry means by our Shared Prosperity Agenda and, on my travels, I have spread this...

Letters to the editor

Reduce train fare

It leaves no room for doubt that traffic jam is deteriorating the condition of our day to day life, especially in the capital. If government can popularise travelling by train, traffic jam in Dhaka would be less severe. Every day thousands of people commute by train but its service is not up to the mark. Train fare is higher than bus fare on some routes. For example, passengers have to pay tk 35 to travel from Kamalapur to Airport by...

Rajuk officials' foreign trip

Rajuk officials' foreign trip

I was really shocked and disappointed to read in TDS a few days back about Rajuk personnel's pleasure trips abroad. The trips were supposed to be for gaining knowledge about other cosmopolitan cities. But instead it became pleasure trips. What have they learned from these so called trips and who is paying for...

Graveyard for apartment complexes

Dhaka city has grown from a town into a mega city in course of time. Mega malls, broad roads, flyovers etc. are being built to ease public life. But unfortunately, we don't have graveyards. Government-sponsored residential projects such as Purbachal, Jhilmil etc. have no provision for setting up graveyards in the area for the residents. Developers like Bashundhara and others also have no provision for graveyards. The government should make it mandatory for all developers to keep sufficient space for...

Comments on news report

“Rise of youth,” published on November 19, 2014

Sayed Rahman Young population is the greatest asset for any country. If this population is equipped with necessary education and skill, they will undoubtedly bring an enormous opportunity to transform the future.  

Comments on news report

“No license without written test” (Nov. 19, 2014)

TruthnLie Hopefully written tests are conducted in-house and not online. Better if they are conducted using computer booth like the one we get to see in the western world. Snr Citizen This is just one of the things we need to implement with firmness. This will ensure quality control, something we are so allergic to.  

Comments on news report

''Those who don't want to talk about things like impeachment bill are the ones killing democracy'' (Nov. 19, 2014)

Nds AL stands on the only non negotiable principle of 'duty toward the party and its supreme leader.' Dr. Kamal Hossain always speaks the truth but unfortunately very few in this country have any regard for the truth.  

Comments on news report

Imam's last sermon (Nov. 17, 2014)

New Generation What the opposition could not do during last 6 years, Latif and Imam did.

Entertainment

The impossibility of knowing

The impossibility of knowing

Born in rural Bangladesh, raised in the UK and educated from Oxford, Cambridge and Yale Universities, investment banker turned human rights lawyer turned writer, Zia Haider Rahman had his priorities straight when he said, “I can't write for everyone.” Speaking about the huge body of references that are highlighted in his first novel, “In...

China fall of a giant on the horizon?

The last day of this year's Hay Festival highlighted a promising session on the rise of China and the increasing challenges it faces in a globalised world. “China - old and new” featured two experts on the South Asian military and industrial giant – Jung Chang, celebrated author of “Wild Swans” and a storyteller who draws on her tumultuous personal experiences with her homeland; and Michael Puett, academic and scholar with a focus on China. Farooq Sobhan, who served as the...

Writing the Region

On the second day of the Hay Festival Dhaka 2014, literary minds from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan explored cross border connections in regional literature. Indian writer Namita Gokhale, Bangladeshi academic and translator Professor Fakrul Alam, and Pakistani short story writer and critic Aamer Hussein engaged in a lively session on “Writing the Region: Is there a South Asian Identity?” Mahrukh Mahiuddin, an adjunct faculty at the James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, moderated the session. The session...

The art of translation

The art of translation

“[Bangladesh] A country that was formed on the notion of language,” said Arunava Singha, one of the most prolific translators in Asia, with over thirty published translated works, when talking about the importance of translation in Bangladesh. Singha admitted that this was a little bit of an “outsider's view” but Kaisar Haq, renowned...

In Fits of Laughter

In Fits of Laughter

When a man declares, “My mission in life is to make people laugh”, you can be sure you're in for an evening of hysterics. Naveed Mahbub launched his new book “Humorously Yours” on Friday at Hay Fest. The panel of guest speakers consisted of Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, vice-chancellor of University of Asia Pacific and...

To be is to Buzz

To be is to Buzz

Firefighter, biker bar employee, recipient-of-sword-from-a-king, editor and writer, Isaac Fitzgerald has had a colourful life. When Buzzfeed, one of the best sources of 'interesting' content on the web – launched its 'Books' section only last year, they got Fitzgerald, co-owner of The Rumpus and founder of Pen & Ink – to helm it. The lively, bearded man took to the main stage of Hay on Day 2 in a more stand-up-comedian gusto than literary-festival-session for “Top 10 Buzzes of the Year”, and in a fast-paced hour, spoke how the World Wide Web has been buzzing on the literary front. “Writing is a form of conversation,” Fitzgerald gave away probably one...

City

Cheated returnees from Iraq demand damages

  Thirteen returnees from Iraq who had been cheated by recruiting agencies demanded compensation from two agencies and cancellation of their licences yesterday. The victims also urged the government to provide them with jobs at a human chain in front of Jatiya Press Club in the capital. The demonstrators said they paid between Tk 2.5 lakh and Tk 3.70 lakh to four recruiting agencies, which promised them jobs in an Iraqi company. However, when they arrived in the Middle-East country, there was no...

Stopping Labour Trafficking

Maximum migration transparency must

Maximum transparency and accountability must be maintained in sending Bangladeshi workers abroad to check illegal labour migration and trafficking, said discussants at a meeting yesterday. The Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) in association with the International Organisation for Migration organised the meeting on "Serving the migrants: Role of civil society and BAIRA" at Cirdap in the capital. BAIRA Senior Vice President Ali Haider Chowdhury said there should be a coordination committee comprising government officials, civil society members, recruiting agencies'...

Sundarbans, Sylhet haors vulture safe

The Sundarbans and its adjacent areas in greater Khulna, and haor areas in greater Sylhet have been declared Bangladesh's first Vultures Safe Zones (VSZ) where the government will conduct close monitoring to protect the birds from being extinct. The declaration came at a meeting of SAVE (Saving Asia's Vultures from Extinction), a consortium, which is working to protect vultures and will also assist the forest department in the move, held yesterday at a hotel in the capital. Officials of the environment...

HT Imam BNP man in AL

HT Imam is a BNP man in Awami League, claimed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's Press Secretary Maruf Kamal Khan yesterday, saying there are many others like him who will spill the beans about the January 5 “farcical” parliamentary election in right time. “It will be of no use if Awami League men assault or take action against him. Because there are many others like HT Imam surrounding Awami League who will expose the government's misdeeds,” he said.  He was addressing a...

People with Disabilities

Country's major buildings inaccessible to them

The country's major public buildings are not accessible to persons with disabilities, said discussants at a roundtable yesterday. After examining 20 major public buildings in Dhaka and Chittagong, a team of researchers found that only one of the buildings had ramps for people with wheelchairs, while bathrooms of all the buildings were inaccessible, they said. The scene remains unchanged despite Bangladesh National Building Code-2008 and the Rights and Protection of Persons with Disability Act-2013 promising access to all public premises by...

Primary, Ebtedayee exams begin today

Primary and Ebtedayee terminal examinations for class V students of general and madrasa education will begin across the country today. Nearly 31 lakh examinees will sit for the exams this year. A total of 27,88,544 students will attend the Primary Terminal Examinations. Of them, 12,82,079 are boys and 15,06,465 girls. As many as 3,05,721 examinees will participate in the Ebtedayee exams. Of them, 1,57,448 are boys while 1,48,273 girls. Physically challenged students will get additional 20 minutes in the exams that are scheduled...

PM calls for low cost healthcare

Urging the faculties of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University to do intense research, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the researchers of medical science must find ways for prevention of new diseases and provide people with low cost healthcare services. She said healthcare services were a basic right of the people. Only a healthy person can play a role in the nation building activities, and a doctor is the best friend of an ailing person to ensure the basic rights,...

BCL Infighting

Suranjit blames infiltrators

Ruling Awami League advisory council member Suranjit Sengupta yesterday blamed infiltrators for Bangladesh Chhatra League infighting. He, however, also said in many cases BCL activists themselves are involved in criminal activities which is unacceptable. On the other hand, BNP standing committee member Brig (retd) ASM Hannan Shah blamed the government for not taking appropriate measures to stop BCL activists from committing crimes. He said BCL and Jubo League men alongside police are being used to counter parties opposing the ruling AL. The two...

BCL Clash at Sust

31 activists sent to jail

A Sylhet court yesterday sent 31 activists of Sylhet city unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League to jail in connection with a factional clash at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) on Thursday that left one person dead and 20 others injured. Sylhet Kotwali police and Jalalabad police arrested the activists in 22 raids on Friday and yesterday. The law enforcers also recovered one revolver and 20 machetes.  So far, three cases have been filed regarding the incident -- one by...

Shafiul Murder Case

Police made remarkable progress: IGP

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Hassan Mahmood Khandakar yesterday said police have made remarkable progress in the investigation into the murder case of Rajshahi University Professor AKM Shafiul Islam.  “The murder case is our top priority, and we are hopeful of positive results,” he said at the passing out ceremony of the 34th batch of outside cadet sub-inspectors-2013 at Bangladesh Police Academy (BPA) in Sardah.     “Police officials have informed me that remarkable progress has been made in the case,” he said...

Sirajganj-3 JS by-Poll

AL's Milon set to be yet another uncontested lawmaker

Awami League nominated Gazi Amzad Hossain Milon is set to be yet another uncontested AL lawmaker from Sirajganj-3. As he is the only candidate there since the nomination of his rival was cancelled yesterday, according to the returning officer. Akhtarul Islam Munnu, an independent candidate, was disqualified by the Election Commmission due to inadequate support from voters, said Md. Abdur Rahim, assistant returning officer.   The election is scheduled for November 30.

News in Brief

Maritime Forum formed to deal with common issues Staff Correspondent, Ctg Six Bangladeshi maritime organisations have recently formed “The Maritime Forum” to deal with common issues of the maritime industry like training and employment of Bangladeshi seafarers, says a press release. Yesterday the forum, comprising Alumni Association of Bangladesh Marine Academy, Association of Maritime Training Institutions of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Merchant Marine Officers' Association (BMMOA), Bangladesh Ship Manning Agents Association, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, and The Nautical Institute Bangladesh held...

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 30th death anniversary of Moqbul Hossain, former deputy director of Bangladesh Power Development Board, says a press release.

Standard Chartered, The Daily Star

Celebrating Life Contest 2014 Prize Giving Ceremony

Celebrating Life Contest 2014 Prize Giving Ceremony

     

Grenade found in Ctg factory

Police recovered a grenade from a steel factory at Kumira of Sitakunda in Chittagong yesterday. It was deactivated by a bomb disposal unit. A worker of GPH Ispat Ltd, first noticed the grenade while he was shifting imported scrap metal, which is used as raw materials. Police said the grenade might have come along with the scrap metal.

Tangail 4-Murder

Prime accused arrested

Police last night arrested Jahangir Alam, 25, the prime accused in the killing of a woman and her three daughters in Tangail. He was held near his Dakkhin Sohagpara residence in Mirzapur upazila, said Mirzapur police. Jahangir was being interrogated at the office of the Superintendent of Police in Tangail till filing of this report at 11:00pm. On October 7, Hasna Begum, 35, and her three daughters Monira Akter, 14, Meem Akter, 10, and Molly Akter, 7, were burnt alive when miscreants...

Country

Kurigram potters need tech, financial help for survival

Kurigram potters need tech, financial help for survival

Potters belonging to 56 families of Paal community at Kumarpara of Krishnapur village under Kurigram municipality are passing hard days as their products are of no longer in popular demand. Now they are in need of financial and technical help to diversify their products to meet changing taste of the customers. Visiting Kumarpara a couple...

Cold diarrhoea spreads in C'nawabganj

Cold diarrhoea spreads in C'nawabganj

With the cold weather approaching, diarrhoea is spreading in the municipality and other areas of Sadar upazila in the district. Chapainawabganj Adhunik Sadar Hospital sources said over 129 people, mostly children and women, were admitted there with the waterborne disease in last one week. Seventeen diarrhoea patients were admitted there yesterday morning till 11:00am. Visiting the...

Bullet-hit Pangsha UZ vice-chairman dies

Pangsha Upazila Parishad Vice-Chairman Munshi Nader Hossain, 55, who was injured in a gun attack at Katchripara village in the upazila under Rajbari district on Friday, died at Faridpur Medical College Hospital (FMCH) early yesterday. The slain Nader Hossain was also president of the Rajbai district unit of Krishak League. Officer-in-Charge (OC) Sahidul Islam of Rajbari Sadar Police Station said Nader was shot by unidentified criminals in front of his house at Katchripara village in the morning. Witnesses said a gang of...

Bid to snatch accused from cops, ASI injured

An Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) of Police was injured when a gang of criminals attacked law enforcers in a bid to snatch an arrested accused from their custody at Ambari village of Chirirbandar upazila yesterday. The injured policeman, Abdur Rahman, 33, is undergoing treatment at Chirirbandar Upazila Health Complex. Police said a team of the law enforcers led by ASI Abdur Rahman, raided the village around 12:00noon and arrested listed criminal Mohammad Sangram, 35, son of Momtaz Mollah of Punutri village. When the...

Clash over control of cattle market in Jessore

Two rival groups of the local unit of the ruling party clashed at Samta Bazar in Sharsha upazila of Jessore on Friday night over taking control of Satmile cattle market near the bazar. Sahidur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sarsa Police Station, said the supporters of local Awami League leaders Liakat and Akbar Member locked in the clash over taking control of the cattle market and establishing supremacy in the area at around 9:30pm. Both sides chased each other and blasted at least...

BSF returns 9 Bangladeshis

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday returned nine Bangladeshis who were detained from different border points on charge of entering the country without valid documents. BSF handed them over to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) following a flag meeting held at Sonamasjid check-post in Shibganj upazila around 1:30pm. The returnees include eight women and a child. They all hail from different upazilas of Natore, Naogaon, Cox's Bazar, Madaripur, Joypurhat and Bogra districts. Shamsul Islam, camp commander of Sonamasjid BGB Camp, said BSF detained...

Bangladeshi shot dead by Khasias

Indian Khasia people shot dead a Bangladeshi national at Guabari border point in Jaintapur upazila under the district on Friday. The victim, Kudrat Ullah, 30, of Guabari Adarshagram village, was grazing his cow in the border area at 11:00am when some Indian Khasias opened fire on him, leaving him dead on the spot, said sources of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). Indian Border Security Force (BSF) later took the body, said Harun-ur-Rashid Chowdhury, OC of Jaintapur Police Station. BGB yesterday protested the...

Outlaw held with firearm

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an activist of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (ML-Lal Potaka) along with a firearm and bullets from Rahim Khan brick field area in Goalanda upazila early Friday. The arrestee was identified as Kadom Ali, son of late Kobbat Ali Sheikh of Tenaponcha village in the upazila. On secret information, the elite force conducted a drive in the area early in the morning and arrested Kadom along with a pistol and five bullets. Later, the arrestee...

Housewife stabbed for dowry

A housewife has been stabbed allegedly by her husband for dowry in Sadar upazila of Habiganj district. Police arrested the victim's father-in-law in connection with the incident on Friday. She was identified as Sefa Begum, 24, daughter of Samad Miah of Auspara village and mother of a six-month-old girl. Police and family sources said Sefa married Moin Miah, son of Gias Uddin of Ripatpur village in Nabiganj upazila, two years ago. After the marriage, Moin and his family members often tortured Sefa for...

Man commits 'suicide'

A man allegedly committed suicide at Bashudevpur village in Sadar upazila early yesterday. The deceased was identified as Barun Chandra Raoy, 42, son of Debendranath Roy of the village. Locals said Barun took his life by hanging himself from a mango tree beside his house early in the morning.

World

Ukraine Crisis

West seeking regime Change in Russia

Russia yesterday accused the West of seeking regime change in Moscow, raising tensions over the conflict in Ukraine in the worst crisis in relations since the end of the Cold War. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke out against Western sanctions on Russia after US Vice President Joe Biden hinted Friday at possible further measures over its "unacceptable" role in the former Soviet state. Kiev's defence minister charged yesterday that there were 7,500 Russian troops in eastern Ukraine, although Russia denies claims...

Iran Nuke Deal
2 Days to Go

'Big gap' remains as frantic talks enters endgame

Six world powers and Iran yesterday groped for ways to bridge wide gaps in marathon nuclear negotiations two days ahead of a deadline. At stake in the Austrian capital Vienna is a historic deal in which Iran would curb its nuclear activities in exchange for broad relief from years of heavy international economic sanctions. It could end a 12-year standoff with the West that has even raised the threat of Israeli military strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities. US Secretary of State John...

Ebola outbreak can be ended in 2015: UN

Ebola outbreak can be ended in 2015: UN

The deadly Ebola outbreak can be ended "by the middle of next year" if the world speeds up its response, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said. But he warned that although the rate of new cases was slowing in parts of West Africa, Mali - where six people have died - was now of deep concern. And the head of the UN Ebola mission, Anthony Banbury, said the world was "far away" from beating the virus. Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have been worst hit by the Ebola outbreak. More than 5,400 people have died in those three countries, along with a handful of others in Nigeria, Mali, Spain and the...

India to offer online visas to 45 countries

India will offer online visa facilities for 45 countries including US, Australia, Germany, Israel, Japan, UAE, Palestine, Jordan, Thailand, Singapore and Russia. The facility will be announced on November 27 by the ministries of home affairs and tourism. Countries that already have visa on arrival and will be able to apply under the electronic travel authorization scheme include Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Phillippines, Laos and South Korea. Once implemented ETA will allow foreign travelers to...

Obama defends US immigration plan

Obama defends US immigration plan

President Barack Obama defended his decision to bypass Congress and overhaul US immigration policy on his own on Friday, saying he was forced to act because House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would not let legislation come to a vote. With many Americans skeptical of his decision to bypass Congress and impose an immigration...

Amnesty launches tool to detect govt snooping

Amnesty launches tool to detect govt snooping

  A high-profile human rights organisation has released a tool to help journalists and activists avoid government internet snooping. Amnesty International said the progam, called Detekt, would help expose spyware programs, some of which are used by governments to monitor journalists and activists. The program was developed by security researcher Claudio Guarnieri and is being...

Saradha Scam, CBI Probe

Mamata's woes deepen

Mamata's woes deepen

Mamata Banerjee couldn't have expected her anti-Centre rhetoric in New Delhi to fizzle out so fast. The arrest of Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Srinjoy Bose on Friday for the massive Saradha chit fund scandal has sowed panic in her ranks. The trust deficit is spreading among the ranks fast. The question is how will Mamata tide over the rising no-confidence on her administration? Trinamool leaders would love to rubbish this as a media construct, far removed from ground reality. If that was so, BJP wouldn't have bagged 17% votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, leaving Trinamool lagging in many city wards. No wonder, Mamata sensed the public mood and...

Plague outbreak kills 40 in Madagascar

An outbreak of plague has killed 40 people in Madagascar, the World Health Organization said, warning that the disease could spread rapidly in the country's densely populated capital Antananarivo. The first victim was identified on August 31 in a district to the west of the capital, and died three days later, the UN health agency said in a statement Friday. By mid-November, some 119 plague cases had been confirmed, with two percent of them of the pneumonic strain -- one of...

News in Brief

  Shebab executes 28 in Kenya bus attack Afp, Garissa Somalia's Shebab Islamists yesterday ambushed a bus in Kenya, killing 28 non-Muslim passengers in what they said was a revenge attack for police raids on mosques in the troubled port city of Mombasa. Some 60 passengers on board were ordered off the vehicle, and the gunmen only killed the non-Muslims. HRW says Israeli house demolitions a war crime Afp, Jerusalem Human Rights Watch yesterday called on Israel to stop razing the homes of Palestinians...

Health

Better nutrition, better lives

Better nutrition, better lives

Millions of people are not getting enough to eat, and millions of others are eating too much of the wrong foods. Many families cannot afford enough nutrient rich foods like fresh fruit and vegetables, beans, meat and milk, while foods and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt are cheap and readily available....

Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

Fixing heart with smaller scars

Fixing heart with smaller scars

As technology and medical devices evolve, doctors are constantly trying to find new ways to make surgical procedures less invasive. Particularly when it comes to heart surgery – one of the biggest invasive procedures performed in medical world. In recent years, the tremendous development in minimally invasive heart surgery has given many patients...

Did you know?

Improper contact lens use causes millions of eye infections

Improper contact lens use causes millions of eye infections

Millions of people misuse contact lenses -- wearing them too long, not cleaning them properly -- and that causes almost a million cases of eye infection the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reports. These infections are clinically known as keratitis, an infection of the cornea, the clear dome that covers the...

Wellness Tips

Stay involved in your childrens' internet use

A child can learn a great deal online, but the Internet can be a dangerous place if the child isn't prepared. The University of Michigan Health System suggests these Internet safety tips:  Teach children about websites that are appropriate and those that are inappropriate. A child should know to leave any site that doesn't seem appropriate or makes the child feel uncomfortable.  Help your child create a screen name that reveals nothing about the child's identity. Make sure a child knows...

Health Bulletin

Working night shift slows metabolism

Working by night and sleeping by day may slow down the body's metabolism, according to a study published in the recent edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This will lead to excess calorie that might explain the negative health effects linked to shift work like heightened rates of obesity, diabetes and other health problems. Experts recommend getting five to six hours of sleep right after your shift ends and then try to nap for about two hours...

Health Bulletin

Trans fats may sap your memory

Trans fats may sap your memory

The trans fats found in your favorite junk foods are not just clogging your arteries; new research findings presented at the American Heart Association's annual meeting shows they might also be messing with your memory. Trans fats are a type of dietary fat that has been shown to both increase blood levels of LDL...

Letters

Letters to the editor

Reduce train fare

It leaves no room for doubt that traffic jam is deteriorating the condition of our day to day life, especially in the capital. If government can popularise travelling by train, traffic jam in Dhaka would be less severe. Every day thousands of people commute by train but its service is not up to the mark. Train fare is higher than bus fare on some routes. For example, passengers have to pay tk 35 to travel from Kamalapur to Airport by...

Rajuk officials' foreign trip

Rajuk officials' foreign trip

I was really shocked and disappointed to read in TDS a few days back about Rajuk personnel's pleasure trips abroad. The trips were supposed to be for gaining knowledge about other cosmopolitan cities. But instead it became pleasure trips. What have they learned from these so called trips and who is paying for...

Graveyard for apartment complexes

Dhaka city has grown from a town into a mega city in course of time. Mega malls, broad roads, flyovers etc. are being built to ease public life. But unfortunately, we don't have graveyards. Government-sponsored residential projects such as Purbachal, Jhilmil etc. have no provision for setting up graveyards in the area for the residents. Developers like Bashundhara and others also have no provision for graveyards. The government should make it mandatory for all developers to keep sufficient space for...

Comments on news report

“Rise of youth,” published on November 19, 2014

Sayed Rahman Young population is the greatest asset for any country. If this population is equipped with necessary education and skill, they will undoubtedly bring an enormous opportunity to transform the future.  

Comments on news report

“No license without written test” (Nov. 19, 2014)

TruthnLie Hopefully written tests are conducted in-house and not online. Better if they are conducted using computer booth like the one we get to see in the western world. Snr Citizen This is just one of the things we need to implement with firmness. This will ensure quality control, something we are so allergic to.  

Comments on news report

''Those who don't want to talk about things like impeachment bill are the ones killing democracy'' (Nov. 19, 2014)

Nds AL stands on the only non negotiable principle of 'duty toward the party and its supreme leader.' Dr. Kamal Hossain always speaks the truth but unfortunately very few in this country have any regard for the truth.  

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Imam's last sermon (Nov. 17, 2014)

New Generation What the opposition could not do during last 6 years, Latif and Imam did.